Irish Dubliner Fondue

Irish Dubliner Fondue: Who says Saint Paddy’s Day means Corned Beef and Green Beer? Sometimes the most FUN holiday dishes aren’t the most traditional.

Irish Dubliner Fondue

Don’t get me wrong, I love traditions. Hubs and I have a standing lunch appointment every Saint Patrick’s Day at a local Irish Pub. We’ve held our March 17th lunch appointment our entire marriage; even when we had to cart our babies (robed in Notre Dame attire) into the pub with us–don’t judge.

We have a lot of family traditions. In fact, fondue itself is customary in our house.

Dubliner Fondue Recipe

Lt. Dan and I got married directly after graduating from college. We saved every penny we earned waiting tables to take a marvelous honeymoon before we had to start our official jobs and “grown-up” life. After weighing our options, we discovered we had saved enough money to spend a month in Colorado or a week on some island. Colorado it was!

What great memories I have of our first month as a married couple. We spent a couple weeks hiking, horseback riding, four-wheeling and exploring all the natural hot springs in Steamboat Springs. We rafted down the Colorado River. Hand-in-hand, we poked through obscure shops in downtown Colorado Springs. We rambled around Red Rocks. Yet one of my favorite memories was dining at a little fondue restaurant in Manitou Springs. Nestled at the foot of Pike’s Peak, this quaint mountain town is home of The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, among other things. One evening we sat out on an idyllic balcony in the crisp mountain air and ate the most exquisite meal either of us had ever experienced in our 22 years of life.

Course after course, we laughed and whispered sweet nothings to each other, as we devoured every last morsel brought to our table. Upon returning home, we promptly bought our first fondue pot and our tradition emerged. Over the last twelve years, we have hosted uncountable fondue parties. We have gone through several fondue pots and have collected all sorts of fondue paraphernalia. Our tradition lives on…

Irish Dubliner Fondue Recipe

So, nothing against traditions. But think of the wonderfully unconventional dishes one can make with traditional Irish ingredients! Dishes such as Irish Dubliner Fondue or Chocolate Guinness Floats… just off the top of my head. *wink*

Dubliner is a sharp nutty cheese with a slightly brittle texture. It melts well and stands up nicely against the tang of Harp beer. Irish Dubliner Fondue is a delightful deviation from classic Swiss fondue. This pub-style dip is easy to prepare and will disappear in moments when paired with fresh bread, pickles and fruit!

Creamy Dubliner Fondue

You can prepare your fondue in most fondue pots, but I like to cook it in another small pot. It makes a much tidier presentation.

Serve Irish Dubliner Fondue with smooth and creamy Chocolate Guinness Floats for Saint Paddy’s Day this year!

Chocolate Guinness Floats

You won’t need a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” T-shirt to get a little St. Paddy’s Day love!


Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Irish Dubliner Fondue


  • 1 garlic clove, cracked
  • 1 1/4 cup Harp Beer (or pale Irish beer)
  • 8 ounces shredded Dubliner Cheese (could substitute Sharp cheddar)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • Pepper


  1. Place a small sauce pot over medium heat. Pour the beer in the pot. Peel and crack one garlic clove; then add it to the pot.
  2. Mix the shredded cheese with the flour and ground mustard. Slowly add the floured cheese to the beer. Whisk until smooth. You will think you’ve made a mistake until the mixture gets hot enough to thicken and come together—just keep whisking! (5-10 minutes) Remove the garlic clove.
  3. Once smooth and thick, pour into a fondue pot and serve! *Serve with bread cut into cubes, sliced apples, grapes, gherkin pickles, and boiled baby potatoes.

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121 Responses to “Irish Dubliner Fondue”

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    Krista — March 16, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    I would love.. THIS! The red color, the perfect design, my lack of a fondue pot… this is for me! :)


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    Kate @ — March 16, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    Oh my gosh, I wish I had done that for my honeymoon! Right after college, though…really?! Youngins! ;-)

    And I’ll have what Oprah is having – those adorable blue measuring cups by Nigella Lawson.. love ‘em!


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    Kate @ — March 16, 2011 @ 9:37 pm



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    Kate @ — March 16, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    FB’ed it :)


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    denise @ bread expectations — March 16, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    OMG! It’s pouring so hard right now, my windows are misty, but I still want one of those Guinness floats!!! BRILLIANT!! Love the twist on a classic French fondue!

    Hope you have a fabulous St Paddy’s Day :)


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    vtkitchen — March 16, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    oh, i LOVE fondue. what a cool idea to pair it with an Irish beer. Beer and cheese go wonderfully together. I am doing a beer tasting at a factory this weekend. I am really excited about it.


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    Gerdy — March 16, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    I LOVE blue measuring cups by Nigella Lawson ;)


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    Gerdy — March 16, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    tweeted !



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    lindsey@lindselicious — March 16, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    I love this meal! On the site I want the Zojirushi Ms. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar Set!


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    lindsey@lindselicious — March 16, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — March 17, 2011 @ 4:05 am

    What a fun St. Patty’s day treat! I follow you in google Reader!


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    Cécy — March 17, 2011 @ 5:17 am

    I’d love the kitchen aid stand mixer. Color does not matter, there are just so many recipes where I wouldn’t mind a little break from elbow grease.

    I like the idea of an untraditional fondue.


  13. #
    Suchitra — March 17, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    love fondue- your recipe looks great!


  14. #
    melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 17, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    the Le Creuset 5 qt. oval dutch oven in purple :)


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    melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 17, 2011 @ 6:13 am

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    melissa@IWasBornToCook — March 17, 2011 @ 6:13 am

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    Belinda @zomppa — March 17, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    Looks like someone’s having a great St. Patty’s Day! Dubliner cheese is one of the best…that fondue set looks pretty darn good!


  18. #
    Alison — March 17, 2011 @ 6:26 am

    I’ve got my eye on a Cuisinart food processor (4-cup mini) but a fondue pot would be fun, too. I love beer floats–got hooked on them at the Chocolate Lounge–but find they work best when you stir them up a bit to blend the cream into the beer.


  19. #
    Emily @Cleanliness — March 17, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    OH MY GOD.

    I neeeeed that float.


  20. #
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — March 17, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    I would LOVE to have a KitchenAid stand mixer. I’m a big baker and don’t have a stand mixer :( I also love the fondue pot. I’ve never made any but think I would love it too. Thanks and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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    Evan @swEEts — March 17, 2011 @ 7:22 am

    We have fondue every year for Christmas.. its a Swiss tradition! I’ve never done it with beer though- my Oma would flip ha but I think it sounds fantastic!! And we’re totally trying a beer float this year :) Happy St. Pattys!


  22. #
    egb — March 17, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    I want a Le Creuset pot so badly!

    The Guinness floats look awesome! I might have to have one tonight!


  23. #
    sonia — March 17, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    This is an awesome dish. Loved your dubliner fondue chocolate… !


  24. #
    My Kitchen in the Rockies — March 17, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    So, Sommer, when will you be coming back to visit CO? We could not just have Fondue together.


  25. #
    Fresh and Foodie — March 17, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Lovely recipes, and an even lovelier story about you and your husband.

    Last year my friends and I started having fondue parties every few months. It’s always a good time eating, drinking and laughing, plus there’s something humorous about the 70s-ness of it all. But seriously, who doesn’t like dipping things in melted cheese and chocolate?!


  26. #
    Laura @ Family Spice — March 17, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    That’s a great tradition to have. It’s awesome that you’ve been able to meet for St. Patty’s lunch every year. I think I’ve taken my babies to a pub or two! : ) That’s a beautiful fondue set. And I don’t have one, either! Perfect!


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    franci — March 17, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    I want the Kuhn Rikon Stainless Steel Cookie Press & Decorating Set with Storage Box!!!


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    Nive — March 17, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    I like the ‘Replacement filters’ from central chef site….Thanks for this giveaway….


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    Nive — March 17, 2011 @ 10:25 am

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    June — March 17, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    As I am a poor student, I have very few appliances. I have been lusting after the KitchenAid mixers for years, and the beautiful cornflower blue edition makes me want it even more!

    I’ve always loved the idea of fondue, and yet have never indulged. This fondue set would be a perfect introduction!


  31. #
    carolinaheartstrings — March 17, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    OMG. Do I love that fondue pot. I want it!!!!! Your recipe looks fantastic. I love Colorado. Very close to where I grew up so I know exactly what you are talking about.


  32. #
    sweetlife — March 17, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    a wonderful post, I love your standing tradition…a month in colorado..what a great honeymoon..a perfect fondue to relive your new love..great giveaway!!
    have a great week



  33. #
    visda — March 17, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Love your story. It sounds like you have created your own personal tradition by your own fondue parties. Thanks for sharing the story and recipe.


  34. #
    Biren @ Roti n Rice — March 17, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    What a delicious meal! We love fondue! Central Chef has many nice things but I sure don’t mind this fondue pot.


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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — March 17, 2011 @ 2:00 pm



  37. #
    kari — March 17, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious!


  38. #
    Anna — March 17, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    I love fondue, anything dipped in cheese would make me happy. Loved that you had with boiled potatoes…that must be yummy. Definitely trying that next time I have fondue.


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    Kim- Liv Life — March 17, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    That beer is calling my name!! Your bread looks simply delicious, and the fondue, well, I haven’t had one in years, but I’m sure my kids would love it! Well done!


  40. #
    Liz — March 17, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    I know my family would have fun with this fondue pot…what a fun give away! I love anything Le Creuset…I think I’d add to my collection :)


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    PurpleLarkspur — March 17, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    I have been coveting a LE CREUSET ENAMELED CAST IRON FRENCH OVEN for years! Just like this one:

    Oh the things I would make in it!!!


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    Jason Phelps — March 17, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    Totally knocked it out of the park! We had some Kerry Gold cheese last night with Jameson’s as we cooked a whole dinner with the whiskey. Fondue would have totally killed it!

    I love my slow cooker, but a Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron 5 Quart Braiser would give a new dimension in slow cooking meat and vegetables to create delictable treats.



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    Jason Phelps — March 17, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    Following you on Twitter now. Can’t believe it took me this long!



  52. #
    A little bit of everything — March 17, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    fondue is so much fun and dubliner cheese is one of my favorite cheeses.


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    A little bit of everything — March 17, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    from central chef I’d like the two sided gingerbread house, looks way much better than my old one.


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    A little bit of everything — March 17, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

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    A little bit of everything — March 17, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

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    A little bit of everything — March 17, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

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    NANA — March 17, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    I love your blog and your Fondue — I know the cheese is great — might pass on the Guinness float. I really like Chef Planet’s non stick grill and BBQ mat. Bet I could get a lot of good use out of that.


  58. #
    Claudia — March 17, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    I am thinking I don’t need to wait until next St. Patrick’s Day for that fondue. I love your takes on recipes.


  59. #
    Marisa — March 17, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    Great story about your honeymoon and your fondue tradition. Guiness goes so well with chocolate–this float sounds so awesome. Happy St. Patty’s!


  60. #
    Sara — March 17, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    I love your non-traditional way of celebrating Saint Patrick’s day! Oh I would have loved to try this too


  61. #
    Amanda Thompson — March 17, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

    I would love to have a Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron 3.5 Quart Braiser in Cherry!


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    Amanda Thompson — March 17, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

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    elle marie — March 18, 2011 @ 3:00 am

    Oh my word, the bread, the cheese.. TOOTHSOME…I bet even at an import cheese deli that I won’t be able to find it.. it’s been eons since I’ve had fondue, I like both, savory and sweet, which are you partial toward?


    • Steve @ HPD — March 18th, 2011 @ 10:50 am

      E.M., you can find KerryGold at most grocery stores these days. Great thing about living in the 21st century … very few culinary borders left to cross. Cheers!


  65. #
    Angie's Recipes — March 18, 2011 @ 4:56 am

    Ice cream in guiness…that sounds amazing.
    You had me at cheese foundue! The pot looks really nice, and perfect for two.


  66. #
    Helene — March 18, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I usually do meat fondues and now I should start doing cheese fondues. That looks so yummy.


  67. #
    Lori — March 18, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    I loved hearing about your honeymoon story. Very sweet. And what yumminess followed.


  68. #
    Victoria @ Mission: Food — March 18, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    I would love a small Le Creuset French Oven, maybe the 2.75 qt size :)


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    Victoria @ Mission: Food — March 18, 2011 @ 11:10 am

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    Victoria @ Mission: Food — March 18, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    I subscribe on Facebook :) I “like” you, haha.


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    Victoria @ Mission: Food — March 18, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    I follow you on Twitter as well.


  72. #
    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — March 18, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    Oh I love fondue! This Dubliner fondue sounds incredible and well as the Guinness floats! Mmm.. :)


  73. #
    Kita — March 18, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    Besides you offering an awesome giveaway (which, btw, annny Le Creuset piece I would love to add to my kitchen) I had to comment and say I love the idea of a Dubliner fondue! That’s genius.


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    Susi — March 18, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    Your first month of marriage sounds like such a wonderful time. My husband and I would love to do that some day :o) Your fondue looks fantastic. I’m a big fan of dubliner cheese and we would love this. We actually eat fondue or raclette quite frequently as a family and it is always so much fun!


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    I love your tradition. How wonderful that you can relive a special time with every use of a fondue pot!

    I’ve been thinking about what made my chicken stock darker ever since you commented on it. Since I just made another batch, I figured it out. It’s something I’ve done since my mom taught me; when I chop up the onion to put in the pot, I leave the skins on, which darken the liquid. Just thought I’d let you know why it looks like it does. Cheers!


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    Gwen~healthymamma — March 18, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

    Not only do I not judge you, I’m right there with you! ;) My sweetie and I were excited to go to our fav Irish pub, Lis Doon Varna last week only to find it closed, out of business. We were so bummed!
    I would love to win this fondu set! Oh the things I could dip into melted cheese…….
    I like the whole kids in the kitchen line!


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    Gwen~healthymamma — March 18, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    I’m a happy subscriber!


  78. #
    Gwen~healthymamma — March 18, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    I tweeted about this giveaway.


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    pam — March 18, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway! I worked my way through college working at a fondue restaurant! Checking out their site…I had no idea you could get those cute blue measuring cups from Nigella!


  80. #
    Ellie (Almost Bourdain) — March 18, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    Guinness floats!! How interesting. Going to try to make it soon.


  81. #
    Magic of Spice — March 18, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

    What a lovely post and I want to try one of those floats :) Great giveaway too!


  82. #
    Maralyn Hill — March 18, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    I’d love a Kitchenaide Mixer. I gave mine to my daughter 5 years ago and miss it so much. I thought I could get by with a hand mixer, but it’s so many steps backwards.

    Of course I’d also enjoy the fondue pot as I love Dubliner cheese.


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    Dmarie — March 19, 2011 @ 4:39 am

    le Creuset anything would be well loved in my kitchen! I’ve heard that amazing cookware makes a difference and have been jonesing for it ever since!

    love the fondue post…attended a fondue party once and still remember every bite of it.


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    Sommer — March 19, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    Nope. It was design by Shauna Callaghan. You can link to her at the bottom. :)


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    Betsy — March 19, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    I want the KitchenAid Artisanÿ® Series Almond Cream Stand Mixer. As Pioneer Woman would say, it’d make my skirt fly up. That is if I wore skirts ;) This is such an awesome giveaway and what a great story and tradition. Thanks.


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    Betsy — March 19, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Posted this link on Facebook


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    Betsy — March 19, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    Tweeted about this giveaway


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    Betsy — March 19, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    I subscribe to your email


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    Betsy — March 19, 2011 @ 9:49 am

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    Betsy — March 19, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    I follow on Twitter


  91. #
    Chef Dennis — March 19, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    hi Sommer
    your guinness float looks like a great way to celebrate any day! I could certainly go for one now!
    We’ll have to try one at the festival!


  92. #
    Patty — March 20, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    I’d choose the Le Creuset 3.5 qt. pot – in the new purple, of course.


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    Patty — March 20, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    I shared on fb!


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    The Food Hound — March 20, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    I love Dubliner cheese, and I LOVE your Colorado story and annual lunch date! The BH and I have all kinds of traditions like that, too :) I am not a beer fan, but I think I could do a number on the chocolate floats sans beer :)


  95. #
    Tiffany — March 20, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    I love the idea of a beer float!


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    Eileen — March 20, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    Those Guinness floats look very inviting! And, I love fondue…. I’ve been looking for a good recipe. Thanks for sharing. Love the fact you guys got to go to Colorado for a month long honeymoon!


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    Erin A — March 21, 2011 @ 7:22 am

    This all looks great! Love using a good stout in recipes! I made/posted Double Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream buttercream using a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout in the cupcakes. So good!


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    Stevie — March 22, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    Your story is so charming that the give-away seems almost distracting. Of course, who wouldn’t want to win? I’d like the Tyler Florence Santoku knife should I be so lucky. I’ve met Tyler and I really need a Santoku. Enough said.

    About your romantic story regarding your marriage, visit to Colorado and bringing the newborns to an Irish pub on St Patrick’s Day, wow! I love to go wine tasting in California with tiny children. You get much better service! Plus it is so cute. Your brilliant not succumbing to prudishness.

    The fondue sounds marvelous. I adore Guinness and am convinced that anything made from that has to be perfect.


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    Nivedita — March 23, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    I would love to have the Capresso grind and brew coffeemaker…..!!!!!! This fondue pot is gorgeous !!! Wish i get to be lucky !!!


  100. #
    Nivedita — March 23, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    I already subscribe to Spicy Perspective on facebook !!!!


  101. #
    TAMMY — March 23, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    On Central Chef, I really need the set of stackable cooling racks. It’s one of those things that I intend to buy, but keep forgetting. : )


  102. #
    Lynn — March 24, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    Only one? I would love to have the Le Creuset Caribean Enameled Cast Iron 3.5 quart braiser. What a beautiful pot!


  103. #
    Lynn — March 24, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    I follow your blog on Facebook.


  104. #
    Lynn — March 24, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    I shared on FB!


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    A Canadian Foodie — March 26, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    Love the story of how your family tradition of fondue cooking began. I can imagine it with the Rocky mountains so close to me here in Edmonton. Mountains and fondue seem to go together and your recipe looks outstanding. But the floats? can’t get my head around those. Love the concept, though.


  106. #
    TidyMom — March 10, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    I love your non traditional ideas Sommer!
    and that float needs to get in my belly now!!

    Thanks for linking up to I’m Lovin It! I featured your post in my wrap up!

    Have a great weekend!


  107. #
    Estella — March 17, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I love the cast iron skillets!


  108. #
    Estella — March 17, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    shared on fb


  109. #
    frankt — June 13, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    Would be great if you gave some temperatures, (medium, medium high, etc), for the fondue.



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